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Birds Directive
Article 5

Article 5

Without prejudice to Articles 7 and 9, Member States shall take the requisite measures to establish a general system of protection for all species of birds referred to in Article 1, prohibiting in particular:

  1. deliberate killing or capture by any method;
  2. deliberate destruction of, or damage to, their nests and eggs or removal of their nests;
  3. taking their eggs in the wild and keeping these eggs even if empty;
  4. deliberate disturbance of these birds particularly during the period of breeding and rearing, in so far as disturbance would be significant having regard to the objectives of this Directive;
  5. keeping birds of species the hunting and capture of which is prohibited.